Bashar al-Assad is recently quoted as complaining that British air attacks against ISIS in Syria are illegal.
ZeitOnline und AFP, “Assad nennt britische Luftangriffe “illegal”; Die Angriffe der britischen Luftwaffe auf den IS seien schädlich, sagte Syriens Präsident Assad. Sie würden den Terror fördern, statt ihn zu zerstören.
6. Dezember 2015 (17:33 Uhr).
Lest we not forget, Al-Assad is responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria that have cost some 250,000-300,000 lives.
It would be comical, if it weren’t so tragic, to hear war criminals like Bashar al-Assad complaining about the violations of international law of other countries.
Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister have resorted to similar propaganda ploys, seeking to invoke international law in criticizing the actions of other states. They hope that others will forget Russia is sitting on the spoils of a war of aggression, occupying “annexed” Crimea and conducting an ongoing invasion of the eastern Ukraine.
Those actions constitute flagrant violations of Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter, the peremptory norm of international law (jus cogens) upon which the post-WW II international legal and security order is based.
See “Russia’s propaganda and empty justifications for aggression in the Ukraine; the urgent need for the West to broadcast accurate news into eastern Ukraine, The Trenchant Observer, April 27, 2014.
British air attacks against ISIS appear to be justified under international law
as an exercise of the right of individual and collective self-defense guaranteed by Article 51 of the U.N. Charter.
See “International law and the use of military force against groups in Syria,” The Trenchant Observer, October 7, 2014.
We should never forget who these villains are, and the international crimes they have committed.
One day, like other international war criminals, they must be held accountable for their crimes.
The Trenchant Observer